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ALL I SEE IS WAR: Sevendust’s Lajon Witherspoon On Making Their New Album!

ALL I SEE IS WAR: Sevendust’s Lajon Witherspoon On Making Their New Album!

In 1994, Sevendust first forged a familial tie amongst each other that translated into one of the most diehard audiences in the game. To this day, the connection between fans and the GRAMMY® Award-nominated, gold-certified hard rock outfit only grows stronger. A trifecta of now-classic gold albums—’Sevendust’ [1997], ‘Home’ [1999], and ‘Animosity’ [2001]— ignited their journey. Known as an equally intense and unforgettable live force, they’ve consistently packed houses around the world and decimated stages everywhere from Rock on the Range and Woodstock to OZZfest and Shiprocked! 2015’s ‘Kill The Flaw’ represented a high watermark. Bowing at #13 on the Billboard Top 200, it scored their highest debut on the respective chart since 2010 and marked their fifth consecutive Top 10 on the Top Rock Albums Chart and third straight Top 3 on the Hard Rock Albums Chart. Most impressively, the lead single “Thank You” garnered a nomination in the category of “Best Metal Performance” at the 2016 GRAMMY® Awards, a career first.

In 2018, the band stands ready to unveil the latest chapter in their already rich history — ‘All I See Is War.’ For their twelfth full-length and first release for Rise Records, the quintet—Lajon Witherspoon [lead vocals], Clint Lowery [lead guitar, backing vocals], John Connolly [rhythm guitar, backing vocals], Vince Hornsby [bass], and Morgan Rose [drums]—did the best thing they could possibly do to combat all of the division in the streets and on social media — they simply made a Sevendust record. The journey to the new album started a year before, when the boys began to discuss what would become their next offering. Instead of diving right in, they took advantage of an eight-month writing process, which proved to be a breath of fresh air. After sessions in their native Atlanta and at Lowery’s spot in St. Louis, the group headed down to Orlando in order to record at Studio Barbarosa with Michael “Elvis” Baskette [Alter Bridge, Trivium, Slash]. Over the years, they maintained a friendship with the producer amplified by the praises of longtime comrades Alter Bridge and Connolly whose Projected utilized his mixing talents on their debut. It was a match made in rock ‘n’ roll heaven as the band and producer immediately began to gel and vibe with each other on a highly creative level. ‘All I See Is War’ is proof-positive that, even with 20 years together as a band, Sevendust is showing no signs of slowing down. The new album is as powerful and captivating as the albums that introduced them to the world at the start of their career and, by all accounts, they’re just getting warmed up!

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Lajon Witherspoon as Sevendust prepares to embark on a headline tour in support of ‘All I See Is War.’ The charismatic frontman offers up a look inside the making of their 12th studio album, the challenges they faced along the way and what the future might hold for them in the years to come!

You’ve come a long way from your humble beginnings to a true rock star. I wanted to go back to the earlier years to start. What went into finding your creative voice as a young man?

Ya know, I think what really started it was church. Growing up, I was in the church choir and I would get that same feeling of nervous energy that I still get before we go on stage today. I guess it’s a thing you need but also that you crave. So, I started with the choir and when I was in high school, I continued on. I almost did show choir, but I was like, “Wait, we have to dance too? That’s a little too much!” [laughs] I think that it what started to mold me. I also grew up seeing my father playing music and being a singer. I think that is what really focused me. It helped mold me. It made me want to do a lot of singing and not be afraid to show my voice. I didn’t have the best voice, but it helped me realize that you don’t have to have the best voice if you have conviction and meaning. If you have that, people are going to get it, understand it and feel it! That’s what you want; you want people to feel it!

By all accounts, you’re known as one of the best frontmen in rock. You have the rare ability to truly command a crowd and bring the live show to the next level. When do you feel you came into your own in that role?

I don’t know, thank you for saying that, but I think there is still so much room to grow! That’s a good question though. I think the energy from the beautiful friends and family out there is what I truly feed off of. They command me to make sure that I command the stage. Too many voices out there can’t do it, so I guess one has too! [laughs]

You’re a guy who never slows down. What fuels your creative fire these days?

Wow! Ya know what? What fuels it today is continuing to be relevant in this industry. We were recently able to sign a new record deal with Rise Records! Thank the Lord for them coming along to be in our lives. I think that put a spark under the band. That goes for me and the rest of the guys in the band. This is something that we had promised that we were going to continue. I’m praying that with Rise, we go down a different avenue that we haven’t been down in a long time. We are really excited about the adventure with these guys!

The new record is ‘All I See is War.’ What does the title mean to you and the band?

We didn’t realize it until the end of this album, but we said “war” a lot though the course of it. We say, “All I see is war…” within the song “Dirty.” Funny enough, in this world today, war is a big part of what is going on. I think about the times when I was a kid and how you really only read about old wars. Growing up today, war is going on and it’s been going on for a while. At the same time, I feel it’s a play on words. I don’t want to get too political with it but, with the album art, you see the kids playing and still trying to have fun but behind them is fire. For me personally, I feel like that’s what’s going on. I think people can take it and go with it however they would like.

What can you tell us about the headspace the band was in going into the creative process for this record? Was there anything you were excited to accomplish this time around?

Yeah! Working with Elvis! [aka producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette] I couldn’t wait, man! Personally, we had been talking about it for years! I was so excited, and I really didn’t know what to expect or what it would be like! The first night, when I flew into Orlando, I went to his home and it was really exciting. We were the first band to ever be invited to live with him at the studio, where the house is at. Immediately, there was an incredible vibe! Working with him every day was great. I never felt like, “Oh man, I don’t feel like I want to go into the studio today.” It was an experience to watch him work! It was a true pleasure! Creatively, Elvis is good all around. He’s a guitar player, singer and a writer. He’s a really cool dude and the kind of guy you’d like to hang out with in addition to working with. For me, Elvis was easy. Working with him was never hard. We feed off of each other really well. The ideas flowed back and forth very easily. You know how it is, sometimes you just click with somebody and have a good workflow. I’m not saying that other producer’s we’ve worked with didn’t have it, but this was something different! With that said, I’d love to work with him again. It was an easy process and we fed off each other! Everyone was in a great headspace. I mean, it was great to be able to go to sleep in this big, beautiful home and wake up and go right to the studio! We were there a little over 30 days and we broke trail maybe once or twice. I remember one night we went out. Our big night out was to Taco Bell and McDonald’s! [laughs] We were so excited. It was like, “It’s Friday Night!!!” [laughs] My point is that we go to work, man! This album was really important to us. Every album is important to us but it’s an important time for us and we really had a good time doing it.

What do you consider the biggest challenges you faced during the creation of this album?

Honestly, it was figuring out what songs to pick! Going into it, I think there were over 50 songs that we had to whittle down to an album’s worth of material. That was hard, but fun! Getting down to the wire, at the very end of the process, it was a difficult thing to figure out what songs weren’t going to make the album. The last days of being in the studio were tough. There were moments of “What should we do here?” or “Should we change this?” or “Is it too late to change that?” Other than that, it was a great experience from start to finish! I mean, come on, there was a pool and a hot tub at the house, it was in Florida, the weather was beautiful every day! Even when it was cold, it wasn’t cold! Are you kidding me! [laughs] How could it have not been great! [laughs] When we get together, it’s the best. When you have so many writers, everyone plays a really cool part. Everyone in the band can sing and everyone can write, so it tends to make things a little easier. For me, it’s cool because if I’m having problem with something, someone else in the band can say, “Oh, try this out here…” or “What do you think about this?” There is always something there and something to dig! I think we kind of push each other. It’s always a creative process. You have good days and you have bad days, but we always find a way to come together musically, if that makes sense!

What made “Dirty” the right choice for a lead single for the new album?

Wow! Let’s see, inquiring minds want to know! [laughs] I think “Dirty” is a great lead-off song, and the whole team behind us now felt the song was the one that best representations of what’s going on right now. With that said, there are so many other songs that I can’t wait for everyone to hear! It’s funny because “Dirty” was one of the first songs that we wrote in Atlanta, Georgia. We went down there and put it together. That was one of the first! That makes me feel good because first impressions mean a lot! That’s what was going on and that’s what we were feeling! I’m glad that other people got that too!

That’s very cool to here. That’s one of the things I love about your band. It’s more than a band, it’s a brotherhood!

Yeah, man. I appreciate that. It’s crazy. Now, we have families and our own lives. Sevendust is a part of it, of course. I remember, years and years ago, saying “Wouldn’t it be crazy if we had kids and wives and they came out on the road and were at our shows?” Sure enough, that’s happening! [laughs] What a beautiful dream come true! I think that this is something we were destined to do and are very blessed to be a part of. I could never take it for granted! Like you said, we are brothers but, more importantly, we are family!

You will be kicking off a new tour in support of “All I See Is War” very shortly. What goes into putting your tours together these days?

That’s a good question, man. I’m trying to get in that headspace right now! It’s funny because we are trying to pick the set list right now and a lighting show is getting put together, which is exciting. We will rehearse here in a couple of weeks and get it all together! We have been off the road for a while and only done a few shows here and there, but I think once you get back out there, that’s when it gets real! I mean, it’s getting REAL right now! [laughs] Once you leave the house and get on the bus, it’s real! The first show is April 20th with us and Five Finger Death Punch and some other bands. That’s when it really hits you and you start hitting it! [laughs] It’s exciting and I can’t wait to get out there, share new music, get back in the faces and start rocking again. We have all these big festivals, along with 18 headlining shows for this new album. It’s a blessing!

One of the other cool things about your shows is the mix of people from all walks of life and all ages. There are die-hards who’ve been there from day one and new faces as well. There are plenty of people just now discovering your back catalog of work and that leads to my next question. What’s a good spot for them to jump in? Any particular songs, maybe lesser known, that they might start exploring?

Oh my God! What a crazy question, man! There’s like a thousand songs! Let’s see! Ya know, the album “Seasons” is absolutely one of my favorite albums. That was with Butch Walker. That’s a good one to ease you into it! We were doing some crazy stuff, but it was awesome! “Time Travelers and Bonfires” was fun. That was an acoustic version of what we were doing. There are so many things out there. It’s funny, I go to my favorite little restaurant that my family and I hang out and they have a jukebox thing in there. There are over 100 and some Sevendust songs on that thing! [laughs] I’m like, “Holy cow, we need to calm down a little bit!” [laughs] But yeah, definitely check out “Seasons.” We were young, and the songs are still powerful!

We’ve talked a lot about the past and present today, but where do you see Sevendust headed in the future?

I don’t know, man! Hopefully with a couple of Grammys! [laughs] Definitely touring and hopefully getting bigger. I think there is still so much room to grow. I see us building more overseas, for sure. With this new label in place, we can explore some different avenues and that’s one of the ones I’m really excited about. I can’t wait to get back overseas and build. I also can’t wait to get back in the studio again! Like I said, I’d love to work with Elvis again. I’m already excited about doing other stuff, even though “All I See Is War” isn’t even out yet! I can’t wait to tour this! I think there is so much more left in us as a band. In a lot of ways, it feels like the beginning again in a sense.

You released a solo single last year titled, “Love Song.” What was that experience like for you and does this mean we are inching ever closer to a Lajon Witherspoon solo album?

Yeah, man. That’s funny you ask that. It was fun to do that and cool to see the feedback. Everyone was excited about it. Actually, that is still in the making right now. I’m talking with a very well-known artist and writer that I think a lot of people would be excited that I’ll be working with. When everything slows down again with Sevendust, I will wrap my head around that again. I’m excited about that, so, yeah, that’s still in the making!

Do you have a particular vision for what this solo album might be?

I want to go Jimi Hendrix, bell bottoms, afro… [laughs] No, I’m just kidding! [laughs] Ya know, I’d like to keep it in the rock genre but maybe not as heavy but still heavy at times. That’s what I do! It’s just a different side of it. It’s just like the song I put out there, “Love Song.” It’s kind of what I do, but just a different blend of it!

Fair enough! Getting back to Sevendust and everything you have created, what’s the best lesson we can take from your journey?

Woo! I’ll tell you what, young men and young women out there, as an artist, stay true to your art. All that is great but also be a businessman or businesswoman. Try to be at least. Try to keep your hands and eyes on all of that. It took us a long time to learn that. I think we are still learning but I would hope I have a better grasp on it these days! [laughs] That’s something that you have to do, man. You have to watch out for what’s going on because if you don’t, no one else really will. That’s some advice! Again, stay true to your art and be passionate! It’s so funny, I’m thinking back on when we got a record deal, 20 something years ago. We said, “Yeah, we made it!” When I think about it now, I’m like, “Oh my God, it was before the beginning and we thought we had made it!” What a dream come true to sign a record deal and tour the world. After all these years, like I was saying earlier, to sign a record deal again and have that feeling all over again. It’s the feeling of “Wow, there is someone who wants to be behind this and help us to continue this journey that we’ve been on and maybe take it to the next level. It’s a good thing, man!

That’s so awesome to hear! Well, you guys keep pushing forward and we will always be out here waving the flag for you!

Thank you, brother! I appreciate that! It’s great to talk to you again! Talk to you soon!

For all the latest news and tour dates for Sevendust, visit their official website at www.sevendust.comAll I See Is War, scheduled for release on May 11th via Rise Records.

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Sevendust Release Music Video for “Not Original” From New Album ‘All I See Is War’

Sevendust Release Music Video for “Not Original” From New Album ‘All I See Is War’

Heavy metal legends Sevendust have unveiled a new music video for another song from their upcoming 12th studio album, All I See Is War, scheduled for release on May 11th via Rise Records. “Not Original” is the second track released and the video for the song can be seen here: https://youtu.be/x0l2zzIh6W0.

The new track comes on the heels of the release of the first single from the album “Dirty” which is currently moving up the active rock charts landing in the Top 25 at present. The video for “Dirty” has been viewed over 1 million times since it was released in mid-March. The video can be seen here: https://youtu.be/8avjkSoRSbk.

The album is available for pre-order in various physical configurations via the band’s merch store at www.sevendust.com as well as via all digital retailers. Fans that pre-order the album digitally will receive an instant download of the single “Dirty” and “Not Original.” Both tracks are also available via Apple Music and Spotify and fans can head tohttps://RiseRecords.lnk.to/AISIW to find out more information. The new album was recorded last Fall and was produced by Michael “Elvis” Baskette, known for his work with Alter Bridge; Tremonti; Slash; and others.

To coincide with the announcement of the new album, Sevendust will be heading out on a headline tour this Spring in support of All I See Is War. The tour is set to kick off on April 20thin Tempe, AZ and will wrap up at Rockfest in Kansas City, KS. The tour will make stops in Austin, TX; Nashville, TN; Clifton Park, NY and Cincinnati, OH among others. Memphis May Fire, Fire From The Gods and Madame Mayhem will be joining Sevendust on the run. Fans can go to www.sevendust.com for more information on the tour, VIP packages and ticket purchase links.

In 1994, Sevendust first forged a familial tie amongst each other that translated into one of the most diehard audiences in the game. To this day, the connection between fans and the GRAMMY® Award-nominated gold-certified hard rock outfit only grows stronger. For their twelfth full-length and first release for Rise Records All I See Is War, the quintet—Lajon Witherspoon [lead vocals], Clint lowery [lead guitar, backing vocals], John Connolly [rhythm guitar, backing vocals], Vince Hornsby [bass], and Morgan Rose [drums]—did the best thing they could possibly do to combat all of the division in the streets and on social media; they went and made a Sevendust record—just bigger, ballsier, and bolder than before.

A trifecta of now-classic gold albums—Sevendust [1997], Home [1999], and Animosity [2001]— ignited their journey. Known as an equally intense and unforgettable live force, they’ve consistently packed houses around the world and decimated stages everywhere from Rock on the Range and Woodstock to OZZfest and Shiprocked! 2015’s Kill The Flaw represented a high watermark. Bowing at #13 on the Billboard Top 200, it scored their highest debut on the respective chart since 2010 and marked their fifth consecutive Top 10 on the Top Rock Albums Chart and third straight Top 3 on the Hard Rock Albums Chart. Most impressively, the lead single “Thank You” garnered a nomination in the category of “Best Metal Performance” at the 2016 GRAMMY® Awards, a career first. All I See Is War represents yet another new beginning.

Website: www.sevendust.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sevendustofficial

Twitter: @Sevendust

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Sevendust To Unleash ‘All I See Is War’ On May 11th Via Rise Records!

Sevendust To Unleash ‘All I See Is War’ On May 11th Via Rise Records!

Heavy metal legends Sevendust are releasing their 12th studio album, All I See Is War, on May 11th via Rise Records. The new album, the first for Rise Records, was recorded last Fall and was produced by Michael “Elvis” Baskette, known for his work with Alter Bridge; Tremonti; Slash; and others. All I See Is War is the follow up to 2015’s Kill The Flaw, a record that brought the band their highest album sales chart position of their career. Track listing and pre-order information will be available in the near future.

To coincide with the announcement of the new album, Sevendust will be heading out on a headline tour this Spring in support of All I See Is War. The tour is set to kick off on April 20th in Tempe, AZ and will wrap up at Rockfest in Kansas City, KS. The tour will make stops in Austin, TX; Nashville, TN; Clifton Park, NY and Cincinnati, OH among others. Memphis May Fire, Fire From The Gods and Madame Mayhem will be joining Sevendust on the run. Tickets for all headline shows will go on sale this Friday. Fans can go to www.sevendust.com for more information on the tour, VIP packages and ticket purchase links.

Sevendust formed in 1994 and have forged one of hard rock’s most diehard audiences. 2014’s acoustic offering Time Traveler’s & Bonfires saw an overwhelming response from that community, being quickly funded through a highly successful PledgeMusic campaign. Just a year prior, Black Out The Sun entered Billboard’s Top Hard Music Albums chart at #1 and landed at #18 on the Top 200. They kicked off their illustrious career with an untouchable string of three gold albums, beginning with their self-titled 1997 debut and continuing with Home in 1999 and Animosity in 2001. Along the way, they’ve sold out shows everywhere and given unforgettable performances at the likes of Rock On The Range, Woodstock, OZZfest, and Shiprocked!.

Website: www.sevendust.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sevendustofficial

Twitter: @Sevendust

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Sevendust Inks Deal With Rise Records, 12th Studio Album Slated For Spring 2018

Sevendust Inks Deal With Rise Records, 12th Studio Album Slated For Spring 2018

Heavy metal legends Sevendust have inked a new record deal with Rise Records. Coming off the success of their last album Kill The Flaw, a record that brought the band their highest album sales chart position of their career, Sevendust join the an impressive roster of labelmates that includes Five Finger Death Punch, Of Mice & Men, Silverstein and PVRIS to name a few. Sevendust is comprised of iconic vocalist Lajon Witherspoon, the dual-guitar attack of John Connolly and Clint Lowery, and the driving rhythm section of Vince Hornsby on bass and Morgan Rose on drums.

“Signing Sevendust is definitely one of the highlights of my career. I’m honored to work with an artist with a legacy as great as theirs, and I’m really excited to work with them on the forthcoming album,” explains Craig Ericson, Founder of Rise Records.

“For Sevendust, it was important to find a label that understood where we’ve been and have some new ideas and strategies on where we can go. Through our 20 years playing together, we have garnered the best fans in the world that have become our extended family. Rise from the very beginning explained a very unique game plan to us that we feel like is going to help us celebrate our die hard Sevendust fans and expose us to new ones,” explains guitarist John Connolly. “There is an excitement we feel just knowing the Rise team is going to be behind this new chapter of our career”

Sevendust have already decided on who will produce the next album; the band’s 12th studio release scheduled for Spring 2018. Michael “Elvis” Baskette, known for his work with Alter Bridge; Tremonti; Slash; and others, will be at the helm when the band begins recording in the Fall. More information on Sevendust working with “Elvis” as it comes available.

Sevendust recently wrapped up a series of headline dates in support of the 20-year anniversary of their self-titled debut release. The band played the album in its entirety to packed rooms across the east coast with more potential dates to be announced in the future.

Sevendust formed in 1996 and have forged one of hard rock’s most diehard audiences. 2014’s acoustic offering Time Traveler’s & Bonfires saw an overwhelming response from that community, being quickly funded through a highly successful PledgeMusic campaign. Just a year prior, Black Out The Sun entered Billboard’s Top Hard Music Albums chart at #1 and landed at #18 on the Top 200. They kicked off their illustrious career with an untouchable string of three gold albums, beginning with their self-titled 1997 debut and continuing with Home in 1999 and Animosity in 2001. Along the way, they’ve sold out shows everywhere and given unforgettable performances at the likes of Rock On The Range, Woodstock, OZZfest, and Shiprocked!.

Website: www.sevendust.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sevendustofficial

Twitter: @Sevendust

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Projected Releases New Video For “Ignite” From Forthcoming Album ‘Ignite My Insanity’

Projected Releases New Video For “Ignite” From Forthcoming Album ‘Ignite My Insanity’

Offering another peek at their upcoming two-disc collection, Projected have released another video from the upcoming album Ignite My Insanity. The video for “Ignite” is now live and can be seen below!

The video was produced, directed and edited by Jamie Brown for Smoking Gun Productions song comes from the band’s sophomore double-length release, Ignite My Insanity, scheduled for release on July 21st via Rat Pak Records. Thetwo-disc collection is now available for pre-order in various configurations at http://www.ratpakrecords.com/Projected as well as digitally via iTunes at:http://smarturl.it/IMIiTunes. Fans who pre-order the album via iTunes will receive an instant download of “Ignite” as well as the debut single “Reload” and the song “Inhuman.” Ignite My Insanity is the long awaited follow-up to the 2012 self-released debut album, Human from the band comprised of Sevendust guitarist John Connolly, Alter Bridge/Creed drummer Scott Phillips, Sevendust bassist Vinnie Hornsby and Tremonti guitarist Eric “E-ROCK” Friedman. 

Ignite My Insanity features 21 all new tracks from Projected and continues to build upon the sound the band established with their debut. Amps And Green Screens recently raved in a review: “If you’re a fan of SEVENDUST, CREED, ALTER BRIDGE, or just good rock music then this album is a must have. These musicians are legendary and the band they created out of friendship is really turning into something special.” The first single “Reload” is a frenetic composition that showcases the musicianship of these accomplished performers. The EPK on the making of Ignite My Insanity can be seen here: https://youtu.be/CLHx6HENZus.

The track listing for Ignite My Insanity is:

Disc 1                                                                              Disc 2

1)     Strike                                                                      1)    Fire

2)     Reload                                                                    2)    Ignite

3)     Six Feet Below                                                     3)    Call Me The Devil

4)     Vain                                                                        4)    Concede

5)     Rectify                                                                    5)    Inhuman

6)     Faith                                                                       6)    Better

7)     Gomorrah                                                              7)    Hate You Back

8)     Heaven Above                                                     8)    Upside Down

9)     10 Years Gone                                                     9)    Seconds

10)   Only                                                                       10)  Inside The Sun

11)  Battlestations

Projected formed in 2012 when longtime friends John Connolly (Sevendust), Vinnie Horsnby (Sevendust), Scott Phillips (Alter Bridge/Creed) and Eric “E-Rock” Friedman (Tremonti) decided to create some music together. While all members are successful in their mainstay bands, Projected afforded the members a chance to explore some different ideas musically. In September 2012, the band self-released their debut album Human and is currently looking for breaks in their respective schedules to bring the music to their fans in a live setting.

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IGNITE MY INSANITY: John Connolly On Bringing PROJECTED’s New Album To Life!

IGNITE MY INSANITY: John Connolly On Bringing PROJECTED’s New Album To Life!

John Connolly – Photo by William Burkle

John Connolly has spent the better part of his life in the music business. As the rhythm guitarist for Sevendust, who are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album in 2017, he is living proof that hard work and dedication to your craft truly pay off. Sevendust’s successes have afforded Connolly and his bandmates the unique opportunity to venture out and explore uncharted musical territories. In 2012, PROJECTED was formed when Connolly reached out to his friends Vinnie Horsnby (Sevendust), Scott Phillips (Alter Bridge/Creed) and Eric “E-Rock” Friedman (Tremonti) in the hopes of creating music together during their few moments of downtime. The results of the collaboration were undeniably powerful and led to the release of PROJECTED’s debut album, ‘Human,’ later that year. After establishing a deep creative connection, there was little doubt that the members of the band and reunite at some point to blaze even more sonic trails. 

It might have taken five years, but Projected is back and stand ready to unleash their long awaited sophomore double-length release, ‘Ignite My Insanity’ on July 21st via Rat Pak Records. The ambitious new album features 21 all new tracks from Projected and continues to build upon the sound the band established with their debut. It is an album designed to resonate with fans from the member’s original projects and guaranteed to garner new fans along the way. From the melodic piano interlude of the opener “Strike” to the raucous ending of closer “Battlestations,” the new album takes the listener on a journey inside the minds of the band. Songs like “Six Feet Below,” “Gomorrah,” “Inhuman” and “Upside Down” are infectious rockers. The first single “Reload” is a frenetic composition that showcases the musicianship of these accomplished performers. Alter Bridge/Tremonti songwriter Mark Tremonti co-wrote “Rectify” and “Call Me The Devil” and Sevendust’s Morgan Rose co-wrote “Concede” with the band. 

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with guitarist John Connolly to discuss his life in music, the keys to longevity in today’s music industry, bringing PROJECTED’s powerful new album to life and the challenges he faced along the way.

I’ve been a fan of your work for years and have watched you grow musically over the years. I wanted to start by going back to your early years. How did you get hooked on music early on in life?

I think I was 8 or 9 years old when I walked into the record store and saw ‘KISS – ALIVE II.’ I hadn’t even heard it but I saw the record and the logo, flipped it over and the I saw the flames and costumes. I had no idea what they sounded like but I had to have that record! That was it! From that point on, if you were to ask my mother or father what I was going to be or wanted to do, I wanted to do something in music or musically related. I didn’t know if I wanted to be a drummer, a guitar player or what I was going to do but ‘KISS – ALIVE II’ sent me down that path and changed my life. After that, it was the obvious things like becoming involved with a band. I played alto sax at first and then I switched over to drums. I studied percussion and, one day, I just decided I wanted to take a stab at writing songs. It’s difficult to write songs on drums, so I learned the bar chord. I picked up the guitar and learned the bar chord. I was totally self-taught on the guitar and never had any lessons, but as long as you could take that bar chord and learn it all over the guitar, you could make a song, which is what I came to find out. That was how I got started and what led me to where I am today. It wasn’t the most orthodox way of going about things but it was my path for sure!

You and the other guys in Sevendust are celebrating 20 years since your debut record. Keeping a band together for that length of time is no small feat. What do you feel are the keys to longevity is the music business?

I think it comes down to doing it for the right reasons. Not to be a Debbie Downer or anything, but if you are looking to get rich in the music business, you should probably look elsewhere! [laughs] It’s one of those businesses where you really have to love what you do. As an artist, you have to be really, really passionate about what you are doing and not the reasons for doing it. It’s never about, “Ok, if I write this kind of a song, maybe I will get one hit, I’ll get rich, buy a big house and fancy car.” If that’s your agenda, then there are plenty of other careers where you can have a better guarantee! Go into medicine or something like that if is your goal! [laughs] It’s all about doing it for the right reasons. I think the whole reason PROJECTED works the way that it does is because we even took it further. That’s not to say Sevendust doesn’t do things for the right reasons but that is our career and our job. Sevendust has given me the ability to be able to step out and do a project like PROJECTED and not have to worry about a lot of things you would have to worry about in the world of Sevendust. PROJECTED is not something we depend on to pay the mortgage or something I am depending on to pay for my kid’s college tuition. We do PROJECTED specifically because it is fun to do. If it sells, it sells and if it doesn’t, it doesn’t. There is no pressure or expectation. We are super, super conscious about how we spend money in the world of PROJECTED and we don’t go into the studio and run up million dollar recording bills or stuff like that. We make things super efficient and kind of left of center. We take advantage of technology these days and do most of the recording at the house, on tour, and whenever we get a spare minute here or there. We just make the best of it. So, to have any kind of staying power in this business, you really have to love what you do. It was crazy that Sevendust just did these anniversary tours for Sevendust. Like you said, it’s been 20 years since our debut record, and it’s the same 5 guys who made that record, which is even weirder! [laughs] There are plenty of bands who have been around for 20 years but not a whole lot of them have the same 5 guys in it. We realized we were in a very unique club and it’s cool to be a part of it, for sure!

For people just discovering PROJECTED, how did the ball get rolling with this project and what made now the time for a new album?

It was a very organic thing that came out of the gaps. In the world of Sevendust, we have been so busy for so many years, at one point, we realized we needed a break. Our fans needed a break and we needed a break from the constant cycle of make a record, tour, make a record, tour, make a record and tour. It was kind of like the whole thing with a shark — if a shark stops swimming, he dies! We felt as if we had become the shark. We knew we needed to miss this again. In 2012, we consciously decided that after the ‘Cold Day Memory’ tour, we would unplug for good 10 or 11 months to see what would happen. We wanted to take the pressure off of Sevendust and took the focus off the band and touring cycle, not monotony, but it had almost gotten to that point. We finally had spare time and all of us had things that we had always thought about or wanted to do. Sevendust is a huge part of our lives but it’s not everything in our lives. We’ve all got families and other projects. Call Me No One released a record back then as well. Morgan [Rose] works A&R and produces and Lajon [Witherspoon] has always wanted to do things on the side, so we took advantage of the time. We had the time off and as much as we are going to take a break from Sevendust, it was probably the busiest year of our lives because not only were we gearing up to hop back in the studio later that year for Sevendust, but the 4 of us had put the pedal to the metal to take advantage of the free time we had. We said, “Look, we have a little bit of time here. Let’s hurry up and get in the studio!” Morgan and Clint went and did a Call Me No One record and Vinnie [Hornsby] and myself went and did the PROJECTED record. It was cool! It was something that was completely outside of Sevendust but was completely Sevendust at the same time. A lot of Sevendust fans have even said 2012-2013 was one of the weirdest years because we weren’t touring together but they ended up getting more new music from the band than they had gotten in years! [laughs] Lajon is arguably one of the best singers and frontmen in the business and we are blessed to have him be out there, but it was kind of cool to step out from behind him and go, “Okay, let’s just see if this will work.” It’s not easy! His gig is not an easy one, for sure. He has mastered it very well! For Clint and myself, it was a major learning experience. It’s one thing to be able to sing and it’s a totally different thing to really be able to step out front and have the focus be on you. My hat is off to all the singers in the world because it’s not an easy gig! It was an eye opening experience but we had such a good time doing it and I think it was received a lot better than we had even hoped for. As far as timing for the new record, over the past few years Scott and myself would get together and say, “when are we going to do another PROJECTED record?” I was like, “Okay! Sounds good! I’m on it! Let’s come up with a game plan!” Low and behold, five years later, we actually finally got it all together and got it out!

What can you tell us about how you approached for ‘Ignite My Insanity.’ What changed and what stayed the same this time around?

We did a lot of things the same way we did on the first record. The only thing that was majorly different, other than the amount of songs which is majorly different, was that everything was finished before we went into the studio. On the first record, Scott was playing drums to 4 of the 11 songs that I had written beforehand, so there was still a lot of guess work. He would look at me and say, “Am I too busy in this part?” I’d be like, “I don’t know because I haven’t written anything there yet.” This time around, everything was kind of in place. It was a conscious decision to do that so we could move more efficiently once we actually started recording. There wasn’t any guess work this time around and he knew if he would be stepping on a vocal or there was something else going on in a certain spot. That was the major difference in the two albums. We did it almost like we did the first record. We did the drums, loud guitars and everything in the studio and we mixed it in the studio but everything else we did at my house or Eric Friedman’s house. He did a lot of his background vocals at home. It was a very efficient way to work. It kept the bills down and was super easy because we didn’t have to drive to a studio. The one thing about doing the first record was that there was 30 to 35 minutes to and from the studio everyday, which is an hour, and if you are working 7 days a week, that is 7 hours you could be doing something other than driving. There is a certain beauty about being able to wake up in your own bed, go downstairs, make a cup of coffee, walk into the studio, sing a song and then your daughter comes home from school and you are able to hang out with her. The older I get, the more I enjoy making music at home. It’s cool to go to a studio and really isolate yourself and do that, but we have done that so many times. In the Sevendust world, we have worked with so many producers and made music in so many different states that we have already kind of explored the songwriting process on those terms. For me, I’m just more efficient when I’m home. I can set my own schedule and do my own work. I’m kind of a workaholic when I am actually in the project and I can kind of drive people crazy! So, it’s kind of cool for me to go, “Let me do this and I won’t bother anyone. I’ll get it all done and we can mix it up when it’s all said and done!”

Obviously, you have tremendous chemistry with the other guys in the band. What do they bring out in your creatively?

A lot of confidence, that’s for sure! In Sevendust, it’s a different animal. There are so many different personalities and so many different points of view, you never know where a song is going to be coming from. It could be something that Morgan writes with Lajon, or something Vinnie has written with Clint, or an idea that all 5 of us had together. There’s a lot of push and pull, as well as a lot of leaning on each other, so to speak. If I’m having a bad day, I know that the other 4 guys are going to be able to carry me through the day. We may have one of the best songs we have ever written on one of my worst days. In PROJECTED, it’s a little bit different. I kind of like to describe it as “I frame the house and they finish the house.” They kind of let me take the ball and run with it as far as I can go and once I’ve got it mapped out and the song is kind of built, that’s when I take my hands off the wheel and let someone else drive for a bit. That’s when Scott will come in and do whatever he is going to do drum-wise, which is usually more than he might be able to get away with in Alter Bridge or in Creed. It’s a busier project and we are making music for the fun of making music, instead of thinking, “How is this fill?” or “How is this thing going to play out on the radio?” We don’t even ask that question. He will ask me, “Is this drum fill too busy?” I’ll say, “Nope! Not if you wanted to play that!” That’s kind of how we approach it. We put the pieces in the holes and into their places; it’s very organic. There’s never the discussion of “Well, I wonder if the record label is going to like this?” That never comes into play. It’s cool because they have a lot of faith in me and it’s a humbling experience for sure because all three of those guys are tremendous assets to the bands they are in. Them having the faith in me to have the vision and to be able to pull it all together is a really, really cool spot to be in.

As an artist, what type of impact has PROJECTED had on you creatively?

It’s had a huge impact on me creatively. Anytime you do something that’s outside of your comfort zone, you are honing your skill set, so to speak. Doing PROJECTED makes me more confident when I go into the world of Sevendust singing backup vocals, playing guitar solos or even from a songwriting point of view. There is a lot of trial and error within PROJECTED. I will write something and listen back to it and say, “It’s just not good enough.” So, I will go and do a rewrite. You always take those things you learned along the way into your other bands. Back in 2012, when we did both the Call Me No One and PROJECTED records, it was a major learning experience for all 4 of us and it truly made us step outside of our comfort zones. Sevendust is very comfortable and we know our spots in that band, what we can get away with, and the latitude of what kind of music we can make. Anytime you can step outside of your comfort zone and test your boundaries, I think you make yourself a better musician, songwriter and listener. Doing something like that is always going to impact you creatively with your main gig, which for me is Sevendust.

PROJECTED on stage! – Photo by William Burkle

What does the future hold for you and PROJECTED? What are the short and long term plans?

It was such an enjoyable experience the first time around, we said, “Okay, let’s try number 2 and see what happens. Now, we have a pretty big record coming out with 21 songs and we had a great time making this record. This is something we want to continue to do. I don’t know how often it will happen but hopefully it’s sooner than every 5 years. We pushed ourselves and pushed the envelope of what is possible musically, the latitude we have within PROJECTED, and how how heavy or light we can go. We explored the the question of “Can we still do it and still have a good time doing it?” Anytime that it feels like it’s a grind or tedious, that’s when you decide to not do it. We haven’t gotten there with this project. Thank God all of us have successful bands that have given us the ability to step outside and do a project like this and not put the expectations on it. It’s not like the label is going to get upset if we don’t sell half a million records or if we don’t get a number one on the Active Rock chart. That’s not the objective here. The objective here is to make music for the love of making music and do it with the people we enjoy making music with! I think the next logical step would be to try and take it out on the road because we really, really enjoy each other’s company. It’s never a difficult process when we are making music, which is such a cool spot to be in!

I couldn’t agree more, John! Thanks so much for your time today and thanks for all the awesome music you have sent our way through the years!

Thanks a lot, Jason! Take care!

PROJECTED will release ‘Ignite My Insanity’ be in-stores worldwide on July 21st via Rat Pack Records. Visit PROJECTED’s official Facebook page for the latest info at www.facebook.com/Projectedband. Connect with John Connolly on social media via Facebook and Twitter.

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Projected Release Video for Debut Single “Reload”

Projected Release Video for Debut Single “Reload”

Coming on the heels of the recently released EPK and album announcement, Projected returns with the video for the debut single “Reload.” The video was produced, directed and edited by Jamie Brown for Smoking Gun Productions and can be seen below!

The song comes from the band’s sophomore double-length release, Ignite My Insanity, scheduled for release on July 21st via Rat Pak Records. Thetwo-disc collection is now available for pre-order in various configurations at http://www.ratpakrecords.com/Projected as well as digitally via iTunes at: http://smarturl.it/IMIiTunes.

Fans who pre-order the album via iTunes will receive an instant download of “Reload” with two subsequent downloads scheduled prior to the full-album release. Ignite My Insanity is the long awaited follow-up to the 2012 self-released debut album, Human from the band comprised of Sevendust guitarist John Connolly, Alter Bridge/Creed drummer Scott Phillips, Sevendust bassist Vinnie Hornsby and Tremonti guitarist Eric “E-ROCK” Friedman. 

Ignite My Insanity features 21 all new tracks from Projected and continues to build upon the sound the band established with their debut. It is an album designed to resonate with fans from the member’s original projects and guaranteed to garner new fans along the way. From the melodic piano interlude of the opener “Strike” to the raucous ending of closer “Battlestations,” the new album takes the listener on a journey inside the minds of the band. Songs like “Six Feet Below,” “Gomorrah,” “Inhuman” and “Upside Down” are infectious rockers. The first single “Reload” is a frenetic composition that showcases the musicianship of these accomplished performers. Alter Bridge/Tremonti songwriter Mark Tremonti co-wrote “Rectify” and “Call Me The Devil” and Sevendust’s Morgan Rose co-wrote “Concede” with the band. The EPK on the making of Ignite My Insanity can be seen here: https://youtu.be/CLHx6HENZus.

The track listing for Ignite My Insanity is:

Disc 1                                                                              Disc 2

1)     Strike                                                                      1)    Fire

2)     Reload                                                                    2)    Ignite

3)     Six Feet Below                                                       3)    Call Me The Devil

4)     Vain                                                                        4)    Concede

5)     Rectify                                                                    5)    Inhuman

6)     Faith                                                                        6)    Better

7)     Gomorrah                                                               7)    Hate You Back

8)     Heaven Above                                                        8)    Upside Down

9)     10 Years Gone                                                         9)    Seconds

10)   Only                                                                       10)  Inside The Sun

11)  Battlestations

Projected formed in 2012 when longtime friends John Connolly (Sevendust), Vinnie Horsnby (Sevendust), Scott Phillips (Alter Bridge/Creed) and Eric “E-Rock” Friedman (Tremonti) decided to create some music together. While all members are successful in their mainstay bands, Projected afforded the members a chance to explore some different ideas musically. In September 2012, the band self-released their debut album Human and is currently looking for breaks in their respective schedules to bring the music to their fans in a live setting.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ProjectedBand
Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/Projected1 (@projected1)

 

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PROJECTED To Release ‘Ignite My Insanity’ on July 21st via Rat Pak Records

PROJECTED To Release ‘Ignite My Insanity’ on July 21st via Rat Pak Records

It might have taken five years, but Projected return with their sophomore double-length release, Ignite My Insanity on July 21st via Rat Pak Records. The two-disc collection is currently available for pre-order in various configurations at http://www.ratpakrecords.com/Projected. Ignite My Insanity is the long awaited follow-up to the 2012 self-released debut album, Human from the band comprised of Sevendust guitarist John Connolly, Alter Bridge/Creed drummer Scott Phillips, Sevendust bassist Vinnie Hornsby and Tremonti guitarist Eric “E-ROCK” Friedman. 

Ignite My Insanity features 21 all new tracks from Projected and continues to build upon the sound the band established with their debut. It is an album designed to resonate with fans from the member’s original projects and guaranteed to garner new fans along the way. From the melodic piano interlude of the opener “Strike” to the raucous ending of closer “Battlestations,” the new album takes the listener on a journey inside the minds of the band. Songs like “Six Feet Below,” “Gomorrah,” “Inhuman” and “Upside Down” are infectious rockers. The first single “Reload” is a frenetic composition that showcases the musicianship of these accomplished performers. Alter Bridge/Tremonti songwriter Mark Tremonti co-wrote “Rectify” and “Call Me The Devil” and Sevendust’s Morgan Rose co-wrote “Concede” with the band. A teaser video for the release can be seen below:

On the subject of Projected’s new record, John Connolly comments, “There are four very strong personalities in this band. Everyone has been in the business doing various things, from Alter Bridge to Creed to Sevendust to Tremonti and it took all those elements and sounds to make this album what it is!” 

Scott Phillips adds, “We’re all part of other bands that we’ve put our heart and soul and life into and this was just a chance to extend that into somewhat of a different direction.”

Guitarist Eric “E-Rock” Friedman comments, “When I think Projected, the first words that come to my mind is a very raw and honest band.  Things aren’t overthought. It’s very organic.”

Says bassist Vinnie Hornsby, “We’ve been playing so long together, you know it’s kinda’ like a marriage to a certain degree, it really warms my heart to be able to play with my friends and these great musicians.”

The track listing for Ignite My Insanity is:    

Disc 1                                                                         Disc 2

1)     Strike                                                                   1)    Fire

2)     Reload                                                                 2)    Ignite

3)     Six Feet Below                                                    3)    Call Me The Devil

4)     Vain                                                                     4)    Concede

5)     Rectify                                                                 5)    Inhuman

6)     Faith                                                                    6)    Better

7)     Gomorrah                                                            7)    Hate You Back

8)     Heaven Above                                                     8)    Upside Down

9)     10 Years Gone                                                     9)    Seconds

10)   Only                                                                   10)  Inside The Sun

11)  Battlestations

Projected formed in 2012 when longtime friends John Connolly (Sevendust), Vinnie Horsnby (Sevendust), Scott Phillips (Alter Bridge/Creed) and Eric “E-Rock” Friedman (Tremonti) decided to create some music together. While all members are successful in their mainstay bands, Projected afforded the members a chance to explore some different ideas musically. In September 2012, the band self-released their debut album Human and is currently looking for breaks in their respective schedules to bring the music to their fans in a live setting.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ProjectedBand
Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/Projected1 (@projected1)

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Sevendust Announce U.S. Headlining Tour In Support of ‘Kill The Flaw’

Sevendust Announce U.S. Headlining Tour In Support of ‘Kill The Flaw’

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SEVENDUST announced their first U.S. headline tour in support of their latest album Kill The Flaw this morning live on Sirius/XM’s The Opie & Jimmy Show on Opie Radio. The tour kicks off on April 26th in Baton Rouge, LA and wraps up on May 28th at the Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, OK. The headline dates will also feature special guests Trivium and Like A Storm as show openers. The tour will make stops in Atlanta, GA; New York, NY; Baltimore, MD; and Reading, PA to name a few. SEVENDUST will also be making stops at multiple festivals while out on the road including Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, Rock On The Range and Rock Derby. SEVENDUST has been known for their amazing live shows as radio personality Lou Brutus recently stated: “The next time you see SEVENDUST perform at a festival, don’t watch them, watch the side of the stage, because you can bet every other band on the bill will be there taking notes & wondering how they got so fucking good.” Tickets for all of the headline shows go on sale on Friday, January 29th. Fans can go to www.sevendust.com for more info and to purchase tickets.

“We can’t wait to embark on our first Kill The Flaw headline tour of the States! Looking forward to jamming with our brothers in Trivium and Like A Storm for the first time as well. Can’t wait to see you all on the road!” exclaims Sevendust vocalist Lajon Witherspoon.

SEVENDUST recently received their first-ever GRAMMY® nomination after two decades together as a band. “Thank You,” the debut single from Kill The Flaw, received a nomination for Best Metal Performance. The band is nominated alongside August Burns Red, Ghost, Lamb Of God and Slipknot in the category. The band will find out if they won on February 15, 2016, the date of the 58th annual GRAMMY® Awards.

Sevendust's 'Kill The Flaw'

Sevendust’s ‘Kill The Flaw’

SEVENDUST formed in 1996 and have forged one of hard rock’s most diehard audiences. 2014’s acoustic offering Time Traveler’s & Bonfires saw an overwhelming response from that community, being quickly funded through a highly successful PledgeMusic campaign. Just a year prior, Black Out The Sun entered Billboard’s Top Hard Music Albums chart at #1 and landed at #18 on the Top 200. They kicked off their illustrious career with an untouchable string of three gold albums, beginning with their self-titled 1997 debut and continuing with Home in 1999 and Animosity in 2001. Along the way, they’ve sold out shows everywhere and given unforgettable performances at the likes of Rock On The RangeWoodstockOZZfest, and Shiprocked!. However, the era of Kill The Flaw continues to break new ground for the band.

SEVENDUST is comprised of iconic vocalist Lajon Witherspoon, the dual-guitar attack of John Connolly and Clint Lowery, and the driving rhythm section of Vince Hornsby on bass and Morgan Rose on drums.

iTunes Album Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/kill-the-flaw/id1022058361

Website: www.sevendust.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sevendustofficial

Twitter: @SEVENDUST

The dates are as follows:

Apr. 26 – Baton Rouge, LA @ The Varsity Theatre
Apr. 27 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
Apr. 29 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
Apr. 30 – Fort Myers, FL @ Fort Rock
May 01 – Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville
May 03 – New York, NY @ Playstation Theater
May 05 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
May 07 – Charlotte, NC @ Carolina Rebellion
May 08 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head
May 13 – Clear Lake, IA @ Surf Ballroom
May 15 – Somerset, WI @ Northern Invasion
May 17 – Sioux Falls, SD @ The District
May 18 – Arlington Heights, IL @ Home Bar
May 20 – Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range
May 21 – Reading, PA @ Reverb
May 22 – Albany, NY @ Rock Derby
May 24 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
May 25 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
May 27 – Shreveport, LA @ Riverside Warehouse
May 28 – Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma

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Sevendust Releases Lyric Video For “Not Today” From Forthcoming Album, ‘Kill The Flaw’

Sevendust Releases Lyric Video For “Not Today” From Forthcoming Album, ‘Kill The Flaw’

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Sevendust have unleashed a lyric video for a new song from their upcoming release Kill The Flaw, the band’s 11th studio album available on October 2nd via 7Bros. Records with ADA/Warner Brothers Distribution. The lyric video for “Not Today” premiered on MetalInjection.netMetalSucks.net and MetalInsider.net and can be seen below. The song is a sonic assault on the senses with melodic vocals over the driving rhythms that have become synonymous with Sevendust. This sentiment is echoed in a recent review of Kill The Flaw by ArtistDirect that raved, “…they remain one of the genre’s most underrated, and they continue to impress and invigorate with each subsequent offering. Kill The Flaw is no exception.”

Kill The Flaw is available for digital pre-order at iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/album/kill-the-flaw/id1022058361. Fans who order the album will receive an instant download of “Not Today” and the first single, “Thank You.”  The physical CD is available for pre-order in various bundles via Sevendust.comKill The Flaw was self-produced by Sevendust and recorded at Architekt Music in Butler, New Jersey with engineer/mixer Mike Ferretti.

Sevendust will be hitting the road throughout September, October and November in support of Kill The Flaw.

The band was also recently announced as direct support on the upcoming Godsmack tour, which kicks off on September 23rd in Detroit, MI and will run throughout October where it wraps on October 19th in Ottawa, ON. Sevendust is also playing at the Food Truck & Rock Carnival on September 19th in Clark, NJ; the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, KY and the Monster Energy Aftershock Festival in Elverta, CA.

Coming on the heels of the recently announced new album and Godsmack tour, Sevendust has been tapped as direct support for the November dates of the Shinedown/Breaking Benjamin co-headlining tour. The band will join the tour starting on November 2nd in Sioux Falls, SD. The tour will be hitting Peoria, IL; Nashville, TN; and Little Rock, AR before it wraps up in Portland, ME on November 24th. Sevendust has been known for their amazing live shows as radio personality Lou Brutus recently stated: “The next time you see Sevendust perform at a festival, don’t watch them, watch the side of the stage, because you can bet every other band on the bill will be there taking notes & wondering how they got so fucking good.” Tickets for all dates featuring Sevendust are on sale and fans can head to Sevendust.com for more information.

Sevendust formed in 1996 and have forged one of hard rock’s most diehard audiences. 2014’s acoustic offering Time Traveler’s & Bonfires saw an overwhelming response from that community, being quickly funded through a highly successful PledgeMusic campaign. Just a year prior, Black Out The Sun entered Billboard’s Top Hard Music Albums chart at #1 and landed at #18 on the Top 200. They kicked off their illustrious career with an untouchable string of three gold albums, beginning with their self-titled 1997 debut and continuing with Home in 1999 and Animosity in 2001. Along the way, they’ve sold out shows everywhere and given unforgettable performances at the likes of Rock On The RangeWoodstockOZZfest, and Shiprocked!. However, the era of Kill The Flaw starts now.

Sevendust is comprised of iconic vocalist Lajon Witherspoon, the dual-guitar attack of John Connolly and Clint Lowery, and the driving rhythm section of Vince Hornsby on bass and Morgan Rose on drums.

Website: www.sevendust.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sevendustofficial
Twitter: @Sevendust

SEVENDUST 2015 TOUR DATES:

Sept. 18th Scranton, PA The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Sept. 19th Clark, NJ Oak Ridge Park (Food Truck & Rock Carnival)
Sept. 20th Providence, RI Lupos
Sept. 22nd Syracuse, NY Westcott Theater
Sept. 23rd  * Detroit, MI The Fillmore Detroit
Sept. 25th Ringle, WI Q&Z
Sept. 26th Minneapolis, MN Pickle Park
Sept. 27th * Springfield, IL Prairie Capital Convention Center
Sept. 29th * Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Oct. 1st * Shreveport, LA Municipal Auditorium
Oct. 2nd * Huntsville, AL Von Braun Center
Oct. 3rd * Louisville, KY Louder Than Life Festival
Oct. 13th * Wallingford, CT Toyota Presents Oakdale
Oct. 14th * Poughkeepsie, NY Mid-Hudson Civic Center
Oct. 16th * Halifax, Canada Scotiabank Centre
Oct. 17th * Moncton, Canada Moncton Coliseum
Oct. 19th * Ottawa, Canada TD Place
Oct. 21st Chicago, IL Concord
Oct. 23rd Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
Oct. 25th Elverta, CA Aftershock Festival
Nov. 2nd ^ Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford Premier Center
Nov. 3rd # La Crosse, WI La Crosse Center
Nov. 4th ^ Cedar Rapids, IA US Cell Center
Nov. 6th ^ Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center
Nov. 7th ^ Youngstown, OH Covelli Center
Nov. 8th ^ Salem, VA Salem Center
Nov. 10th ^ Knoxville, TN Knoxville Coliseum
Nov. 11th ^ Huntsville, AL Von Braun Center
Nov 13th ^ Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Nov. 14th ^ Little Rock, AR Verizon Center
Nov. 15th ^ Cape Girardeau, MO Show Me Center
Nov. 17th ^ Fayetteville, NC Crown Center Coliseum
Nov. 20th ^ State College, PA Bryce Jordan Center
Nov. 21st ^ Huntington, WV Big Sandy Arena
Nov. 23rd ^ Albany, NY Times Union Center

* More Dates To Be Announced *

# – Playing with Breaking Benjamin

* – Playing with Godsmack

^ – Playing with Breaking Benjamin/Shinedown

 

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